Ian Cunliffe is a popular illustrator who has provided artwork for well known children’s books, including Jeremy Strong’s ‘A Very Fishy Battle’ (Nominated on Richard & Judy Children’s Books Special) and ‘The Bun Gun’ (Televised on CBeebies’s Jackanory Junior). He has also produced illustrations to accompany 12 stories by Sarah, Duchess of York and recently illustrated a range of wooden toys for Hamley’s own brand.
The son of a craftsman bookbinder, Ian spent his childhood drawing on the endless supply of paper that came his way (when he wasn’t climbing trees).
On his way to becoming an illustrator, Ian ventured off to do special effects at Shepperton Studios where he was part of the team that created Robert De Niro’s prosthetics for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; then to Penguin Books for five years as a designer/illustrator.
Today, Ian works from home where he watches green parakeets fly past his studio window... and that’s before his imagination kicks in!